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Letters: Mothers provide example

Letters
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/5/7 14:30:00 (1115 reads)
Letters

“Girls don’t take math and science; that’s for boys.” “Why are you wasting your time and money going to college when all you will ever do is get married and have babies?”

That is what my mother and my wife each heard from their grandparents. The grandparents were both very wrong!

My mother did get that math and science degree in the 1950s, and her class photo shows she was the only woman.

She then met my father and began a teaching career. That thing with my dad didn't work out so well, and my mother found it impossible to raise three children on a teacher's salary. So she applied for numerous jobs with better pay and benefits. She found one answering phones at the main switch board for an aluminum plant, where she was eventually promoted into the purchasing department.

My wife is currently working on her doctorate in education with two bachelors degrees, a masters and numerous awards and acknowledgments. I should mention she has acquired these degrees while working full-time and is currently a public school principal. She has bettered the lives of thousands of children, families, and me as she has worked to move the needle forward in public education for the past 20 years.

These two amazing women are now the examples for our daughter. She is so fortunate to be growing up in a time and place where the comments her mother and grandmother faced would be mocked in most circles, but unfortunately not all.

I don’t know what she will do with her life. But, I know more doors open for her each day— because of the efforts of the many women who had the courage to step forward when they were being told to sit down. With Mothers Day approaching I think it might be a good time to remember not only what they have done for us, but what they have all done for us collectively.

Happy Mothers Day and thank you to all!

Bret Wooten
Lewisville

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Obituaries

Obituaries
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2016/5/7 14:06:09 (960 reads)

Ron Neiman
Ron Neiman of Frisco, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home.

Ron attended Bradfield Elementary, Highland Park Middle School and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1963. He then went to North Texas State University (now known as University of North Texas) and graduated summa cum laude with aB.B.A. in 1967. He then began his lifelong passion for The University of Texas at Austin and became a burnt-orange bleeding Longhorn. He got his J.D. degree from the School of Law in 1970.

Ron's legal career began as a probate attorney with First National Bank in Dallas in 1970. In 1972 he opened his own law office in Lewisville, Texas. His private practice mainly specialized in probate, real estate, corporate, and family law, with a few criminal cases as well. In 1973, the city council appointed him as part- time city attorney for Lewisville and a lifetime of municipal law began. He maintained his private practice with the city as a major client until 2000 when he was asked to become the full-time, in-house attorney, thus closing his private practice. He retired in 2010, having served numerous council members and mayors during those 37 years. Ron was an avid supporter of the Dallas Cowboys and Tom Landry. Like Landry, he used to say that he was appointed to one position for 37 years and never got promoted.

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Steven Wayne Allen
Steven Wayne Allen of Lewisville, went to be with the Lord on April 30, 2016.

He was born May 13, 1952 in Brownwood, Texas to Wayne and Theresa Allen. He joined his father in heaven at the age of 63.

He is survived by his spouse, Carolyn, his two children, April Edwards and her husband Jeff, Austin Allen and his wife Caycee, three step-children, Nick, Hannah and Jordan Casey, four grandchildren, Abby, Cody, Jack and Kyla, his mother, Theresa Allen, his sister, Sunni Stokeld and her husband, Brian, his brother, Grant Allen and his wife Kristy, and many nieces and nephews.

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Farmer softball season recap

Sports
Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/5/7 14:01:57 (1106 reads)

By MIKE IBANEZ
sports@LewisvilleTexan.com

It wasn’t supposed to end this way for the Lewisville High School softball team.

Instead of finishing its promising season on a hot, dusty softball diamond somewhere far from home, the Farmers played out their final act two weeks ago on Senior Night. The fact that there was still a cool nip in the air was a reminder that injuries and offensive woes had kept them far from their dream of a return to UIL state championship weekend in Austin.

LHS lost to Plano 4-1 on Senior Night, their seventh consecutive defeat to end the season. It was a loss to Plano back in late March that set the Farmers on their downward trend that culminated in their seventh place finish in District 6-6A.

That night, All–America pitcher Maribeth Gorsuch collided with teammates while attempting to field a fly ball in the 3-2 loss that dropped LHS to fifth in district. She suffered a concussion and never returned to action.

“The season certainly didn't end up the way we hoped,” Farmers coach Lori Alexander said. “It has been a tough season for sure. I feel like we did ok considering the circumstances. We didn't make it and it feels awkward for sure as deep as we have been the past three years.”

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LHS Lady Farmers soccer coach, players earn accolades

Sports
Posted by MikeIbanez on 2016/5/7 13:48:35 (2450 reads)

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LHS first-year coach Jamie Pulpaneck celebrates a Farmer win. (Photo courtesy LHS)
By MIKE IBANEZ
sports@lewisvilletexan.com

A low-key compliment was paid to the Lewisville High School girls soccer program when District 6–6A coaches voted for the recently-completed season’s superlatives and all-district team.

After a season that began with a handful of 6-6A teams ranked among the area’s best and concluded with Flower Mound capturing the Class 6A state championship, it was LHS first-year coach Jamie Pulpaneck who was honored by her peers as district coach of the year.

The honor speaks to the rebuilding project underway at Max Goldsmith Stadium. In an academic year that will pass without a single LHS athletic team advancing to the postseason, it was Pulpaneck’s unlikely soccer team that finished its season closest to playoff participation.

Plano defeated the Lady Farmers 1-0 in the regular season finale to clinch 6-6A’s fourth and final playoff spot. Playing for a postseason berth on the last day of the season was the furthest thing from Pulpaneck’s mind when she accepted the challenge to take over the soccer program at her alma mater after a year away from coaching.

“I knew coming in, it wouldn’t be easy,” Pulpaneck said. “We don’t have the numbers of kids that other schools in our district do, and even fewer who play outside of school soccer. But I also knew I was a Farmer and I wanted to see pride back in the program.”

Elite and club soccer generally takes precedence over the spring school season. It is at the club level where players get year-round instruction and showcase their talents to college coaches. Competitive high school teams are typically comprised of a high number of club soccer stars and most 6-6A schools don’t have a starter who doesn’t also play for a club.

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102 student authors honored at Donald Elementary School

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2016/5/7 13:25:50 (2113 reads)

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Polly Holyoke, author of “The Neptune Project” and other books who was the speaker for the Author's Tea at Donald Elementary School in Flower Mound Thursday morning, posed with Malorie Summers, one of 102 student authors who were honored at the event in the school cafeteria. Holyoke autographed each of the student authors' books, with a comment. (Photo by Dan Eakin)

By DAN EAKIN
dan@LewisvilleTexan.com

Problably no other elementary school anywhere could say that they have 102 student authors whose work has been published.

For the past 18 years or so, Donald Elementary School, where students are known as the Donald Dolphins, has had a program titled “Dolphin Tales,” in which the students write books which are actually bound and published.

Each child who participates in the program writes his or her own book, on any subject they choose. At the end of the year, the authors of the books are recognized at a program called Author's Tea, and all students who write a book receive a certificate. Some special awards are passed out at the end of the annual program.

On Thursday morning, the school auditorium was packed with students, parents, and volunteers in the Dolphin Tales program for the annual Author's Tea.

Polly Holyoke, author of “The Neptune Project” and other books, was the guest speaker for the student publication program.

Holyoke said it was so fitting for her to come to Donald Elementary to speak to the Dolphins, because “The Neptune Project” is about a girl who feels more comfortable swimming with dolphins than she does hanging out with her classmates, and about a group of kids who have been genetically altered to be able to survive in the ocean.

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